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Jordan, July 8, 2020
Tourism Minister participates in World Tourism Organization meeting

(Petra) - Tourism Minister, Majd Shweikeh, on Monday participated in the forty-sixth meeting of the World Tourism Organization Committee for the Middle East, which discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the tourism sector and steps taken toward the sector's recovery.

In the meeting, held via video conference, Shweikeh highlighted the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, and how Jordan dealt with them in the rapid response phase by preserving the health of its citizens through the imposition of the Defense Law, the closure of borders, the imposition of a comprehensive and partial lockdown, quarantine in designated hospitals and hotels, and the closure of facilities that contain large clusters.

She also showcased the government's plan to protect the tourism sector in the phase of adjustment, adaptation and interdependence by pumping liquidity into the sector.

The minister spoke about her ministry's measures in the recovery phase by activating domestic tourism and launching the 'Our Jordan is Paradise' program, and resuming internal flight between Amman and Aqaba.

She noted that Jordan has recently obtained a Safe Travel Stamp from the World Tourism and Travel Council and the World Tourism Organization, adding that Jordan has become a safe destination for internal and inbound tourism.

Shweikeh indicated that the procedures for receiving patients' requests to come to Jordan for treatment should be started by launching a special platform in partnership with private hospitals, as well as adopting specialized markets such as film production tourism.